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Top Ten Cartoons of the Week – January 16, 2021

Here are our most reprinted cartoons of last week (January 9nd through January 16th 2021).

The news was dominated by President Trump and continuing fallout from the insurrection at the Capitol, but as usual, no cartoons depicting Trump were popular with editors. Four of the Top Ten cartoons are about the pandemic.

Jeff Koterba had another incredible week taking the #1 and #8 spots. Dave Whamond also had a fantastic week, taking home three prizes for #6, #9 and #10.

Congratulations to the other CagleCartoonists who made the Top Ten list this week: Kevin Siers, Dave Granlund, John Cole, Randy Enos and Gary McCoy.

The Koterba and Granlund top two cartoons each got about twice as many reprints as the #3 – even so, we’re back to the normal pattern of the Top Ten cartoons dominating all the rest of the cartoons and the top two being extra big hits.

The Top Ten cartoons are what most readers see since only 20% of the cartoons get 80% of the reprints. Our Top Ten is a measure of how many editors choose to reprint each of our cartoons, from the 62 cartoonists in our CagleCartoons.com syndication package. Just about half of America’s daily, paid circulation newspapers (around 700 papers) subscribe to CagleCartoons.com


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#1

Jeff Koterba wins the week with a late New Year cartoon.

#2

Dave Granlund wins second place with a vaccine cartoon.

#3

Kevin Siers takes third place with another vaccine cartoon.

#4

John Cole wins 4th place with yet another vaccine cartoon.

#5

Randy Enos claims fifth place with yet another late New Year cartoon.

#6

Gary McCoy ties for sixth place.

#6

Dave Whamond shares sixth place with the first of two cartoons in the Top Ten.

#8

Jeff Koterba claims 8th place with the second of his three cartoons in the Top Ten.

#9

Dave Whamond takes ninth place.

#10

Dave Whamond scores again with his second cartoon in the Top Ten.


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Top Ten Cartoons of the Week – January 2, 2021

Here are our most reprinted cartoons of last week (December 26th through January 2nd 2021).

Eight of the cartoons are on a New Years theme. As usual, there are no cartoons about Trump or Biden. Editors were most interested in cartoons about how terrible 2020 was.

The Top Ten cartoons are what most readers see since only 20% of the cartoons get 80% of the reprints.

The top cartoons on the list performed especially well, and the top three each would have been a number one cartoon in a normal week. Congratulations to #1 Dave Whamond, #2 Dave Granlund and #3 Bruce Plante!

And kudos to the other cartoonists on the Top Ten this week: Jeff Koterba, Rick McKee, Pat Byrnes, John Darkow, Gary McCoy, Randall Enos and Peter Kuper!

Our Top Ten is a measure of how many editors choose to reprint each of our cartoons, from the 62 cartoonists in our CagleCartoons.com syndication package. Just about half of America’s daily, paid circulation newspapers (around 700 papers) subscribe to CagleCartoons.com


Our reader supported site, Cagle.com, still needs you!  Journalism is threatened with the pandemic that has shuttered newspaper advertisers. Some pundits predict that a large percentage of newspapers won’t survive the pandemic economic slump, and as newspapers sink, editorial cartoonists who depend on newspapers sink too, and along with them, our Cagle.com site.

The world needs political cartoonists more now than ever. Please consider supporting Cagle.com and visit Cagle.com/heroes.

 

#1

Dave Whamond wins the week with a terrible 2020 New Years cartoon.

 

#2

Dave Granlund wins second place with a another terrible 2020 New Years cartoon.

 

#3

Bruce Plante takes third place with a COVID New Years cartoon.

 

#4

Jeff Koterba takes 4th place with another terrible 2020 New Years cartoon.

 

#5

Rick McKee claims 5th place.

 

#6

Pat Byrnes nabs 6th place with another terrible 2020 cartoon.

 

#7

John Darkow snags 7th place.

 

#8

Gary McCoy claims 8th place.

 

#9

Randall Enos takes 9th place.

 

#10

Peter Kuper rounds out the list with the only cartoon referencing the politics of the week.


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Happy New Year

I love the New Years cliché with old Father Time and the New Year Baby. My New Year cartoon has Trump continuing to shoot himself in the foot, now and in the future.

Last year I drew old and new Trumps, dealing with Kim Jong Un – before Trump fell in love with Li’l Kim.

Here’s a New Years oldie with Obama continuing his struggle with a Republican Congress.

And here’s a George W. Bush New Years oldie, with his wars dragging on …

This oldie from 2001 was at the beginning of the “War on Terror” with the invasion of Afghanistan starting, after the World Trade Center attack.

It always seems like the next year is going to be worse than the last year. That was true in 2012 when I drew this cliff cartoon that would be apt today with the falling stock market.

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New Years BITE

Happy cartoon New Year! I was busily drawing my New Years Day cartoon, with Obama going out and coming in for the year, and with little biting GOP elephants, when the news started blaring about North Korea calling Obama a “monkey.” I am a slave to the news, so I had to do a second version with L’il Kim. Here’s the GOP …

And here is the L’il Kim version …

L’il Kim may be a plague to the world, but he is a gift to cartoonists.

The “Father Time and Baby New Year” thing is standard cartooning fodder. Here’s my New Year cartoon from last year …

Back in December, 2012, all the talk was about the “Fiscal Cliff” budget fight in Congress; it looked like doomsday. I drew this one …

At the end of 2010 the house had fallen under Republican control, and it looked like the GOP was eager to jump into more war – instead, Congress didn’t do much of anything, and Obama got us into more war. Oh well …

At the end of 2008: Obama won the presidency, George W. Bush was out of a job, and my drawings of Obama needed some more time to mature.

As 2005 turned into 2006 George W. Bush’s Republicans had lost the mid-term elections, but Bush was doubling down on the Iraq War anyway. There was lots more war to come.

Back in 2001 all the news was the 9/11 attacks as our troops poured into Afghanistan. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

 

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New Year Obama with Republicans

New Year Obama with Republicans © Daryl Cagle,CagleCartoons.com,president, barack obama, elephants, GOP, Republicans, New Years Day, holiday, father time, baby new year

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New Year Obama with North Korea

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New Years Partisans

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Cliffs, Fighting Elephants and Picasso

Here is my latest cartoon, about the Republican infighting while Obama just sits back and waits for a deal.

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This Fiscal Cliff mess came about because of the failure of the “Super-Committee.” I remembered a drawing a did of the Super-Committee some time ago, with a nice fight scene between super donkeys and elephants …

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I liked that Super-Committee cartoon. Super political stuff is always great for cartoonists, especially when super-politicians fail. It occurred to me that I could use the fight scene again, if the donkeys were elephants, so I printed it out lightly and sketched in some rough changes, adding Obama and making the donkeys into elephants in the same, fighting positions …

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… and then I drew over it for finished line on vellum.  This black and white line drawing is what most people see in the newspaper …

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… and then I colored it in layers on Photoshop. The line drawing is always better than the color, but readers and editors never seem to think so.

The previous cartoon was also about GOP angst, this time in the form of Picasso’s Guernica (below).

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Oh the GOP suffering; oh the humanity!  I did pretty much the same thing with this one. I printed out the Guernica painting and traced a nice line drawing on vellum.

124469 600 Cliffs, Fighting Elephants and Picasso cartoonsI wanted it to look like it came from my hand, which is why I did all the cross hatching and un-Picasso like line quality.  Then I added the gray tone …

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Oh!  Those poor Republicans! My most recent one was the New Years Fiscal Cliff cartoon below. This one probably works better on the Web because you have to scroll down to get to the gag.

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My wife thought this one was too cruel to babies. She told me I shouldn’t draw it. My Australian cartoonist buddy, Peter Broelman did a similar one today, without being cruel to the baby – and his will get reprinted more because it isn’t in a vertical format.  My wife likes Peter’s better too.  Oh well.

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